Emerging Talents: Matchmaking event in Switzerland

Target group
Practitioner with connection to Switzerland
Submission deadline
1 August and 1 February


A selection of designers are invited to take part in a one-day matchmaking event in October 2024 to meet selected industry professionals, expand their network, find new business opportunities and receive feedback on their work. The event will be rounded off with a keynote speech on a current topic.

For Whom

Emerging talents are considered those professional designers who were trained in a design-relevant field or who registered (as self-employed, a sole proprietorship or company) less than seven years ago.

Selection Criteria

  • Designers from the fields of product, furniture, textile or service design
  • Strong interest in working with companies
  • High degree of innovation, marketability and demonstrable sustainability concept in production and practice

In addition to these specific criteria, the apply.

Financial Contribution

  • Participation in the one-day event including keynote, lunch, matchmaking event and pre-dinner drink
  • Exclusive online pitch training in which participants receive suggestions and have the opportunity to prepare their pitch deck and practise their presentation in a group.

Content Of Application

  • Short biography (incl. details on training, nationality and/or residency status – maximum 500 characters incl. spaces)
  • Portfolio
  • Description of the entrepreneurial goals in relation to participation in the event

Format-specific Exclusion Criteria

The following are excluded

  • Commissioned work and projects that are part of an advertising campaign
  • Unique items, craft projects, new editions, gallery projects
  • Promotional platforms or publications

Application Deadlines and Decision Timelines

Applications can be submitted from1 July and 1 January
Submission deadline1 August and 1 February
Notification of decisionWithin five weeks after application deadline

Additional Information

  • In collaboration with Enabling Design Collaborations GmbH
  • The selection is made by a panel of experts
  • The date, location and schedule will be communicated to the selected designers
Image by Data Orbit and Lucas Manser

General Requirements


Pro Helvetia promotes the professional contemporary Swiss art and cultural production (without film) with a view to diversity as well as national and international reach. It supports the creation of new artistic works and productions, the exchange between Switzerland’s various linguistic regions, the dissemination of Swiss art and culture outside Switzerland and international cultural exchange. As a national foundation, Pro Helvetia supplements the promotional activities of Swiss cantons and municipalities and only supports projects that are cross-regionally or internationally recognised.

Pro Helvetia will only consider funding applications if they are complete and have been submitted on time.

To be eligible for support, projects must

  • have a clear connection to Switzerland
  • be of nationwide importance
  • be adequately co-funded by other public or private means
  • respects/guarantee fair working conditions

Connection to Switzerland

A connection to Switzerland is given, if one of the following conditions is met:

  • The production or project in question is developed or implemented by artists and cultural practitioners, who verifiably hold Swiss citizenship or are permanent residents of Switzerland and who are regularly artistically involved in relevant events in Switzerland.
  • The project is created, developed, or implemented by an independent group or cultural institution whose place of production is in Switzerland and who is regularly and publicly active in Switzerland.

Nationwide relevance

Nationwide relevance is given, if one of the following conditions is met:

  • The art and cultural practitioners participating in the project are regularly involved in programmes of nationally recognised art and cultural institutions in Swiss regions other than their own or abroad, and the project in question has a transregional appeal.
  • The artistic potential of an emerging art practitioner involved is exceptional in terms of a national or international career.
  • The project makes a significant contribution to the development of Swiss artistic and cultural production and its dissemination.
  • The project is of significant importance for the exchange between Switzerland’s various linguistic regions.

Assessment of content and quality

Within the framework of the available funds, Pro Helvetia prioritises projects that most comprehensively meet the funding criteria. The Foundation assesses whether

  • the project demonstrates high degree of independence and professional competence as well as social and thematic relevance
  • the project is implemented according to professional standards
  • the costs are commensurate with the expected impact
  • a lasting impact can be expected

Furthermore, the Foundation attaches great importance to the following aspects:

  • The project has an appropriate commitment to diversity.
  • Resources are used in an ecologically responsible manner and work and production are planned sustainably.


Pro Helvetia is unable to consider funding requests if

  • the same part of the submitted project is already received funding from other federal bodies (e.g. Federal Office of Culture, Presence Switzerland, Swiss National Science Foundation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation)
  • the project is part of a school or university curriculum/basic training or continuing education programme (including dissertations, diploma projects, university scholarships, etc.)
  • funding is intended to cover infrastructure and equipment costs, as well as the costs of operating cultural facilities, archives and collections
  • the project does not depend on funding from Pro Helvetia

Status: January 2024